Australian Author of Children’s Books and Teen Books: December 2009

Friday, December 18, 2009

John Boyne on Mac Slater

A few months back I had an email from Irish author, John Boyne. John has an excellent writer’s blog at and he wrote a wonderful book in The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. (I loved the film adaptation, too.) John is a voracious reader and he had read a book of mine, the first in my Mac Slater series (US April 2010). He had some nice things to say and he kindly wrote a blurb on the book. I loved what he had to say so much that I thought I’d share it with you...

‘Reading Tristan Bancks is like jumping on a rollercoaster– it’s fun, it’s exciting and it’s a bit dangerous, too. In Mac Slater he turns all our ideas of what’s cool upside down and tells a story that combines classic storytelling with 21st century teenage anarchy. Where were books like this when I was a kid?’

Merry Christmas. It's been a big year! I hope you’re safe, well and happy.



Monday, December 14, 2009

Where the Wild Things Are

I loved this movie. I'm so happy that I live in a time when it's possible to experience stories this way.

For me, it's about the idea that we're always trying to make things perfect, and the fact that they never will be.

Max’s perfect snowcave that he builds is destroyed. The world that Carol and Max dream of – the fort where everybody is happy and your enemy’s brain explodes when they go inside – doesn't work out so well. Max's dream of being a king with a double re-cracker that busts through anything only lasts so long.

They are all Ideal Worlds and the story seems to say, ‘Keep going for those ideals, keep dreaming, keep trying, because interesting things happen along the way, but nothing will ever be perfect and, if it is, it will only be for a moment.’ I guess this is what all good stories speak of. This is, perhaps, the basic truth underscoring life. ‘Participate joyfully in the sorrows of the world’ and all that stuff.

This sheds light on my current story, too. Better go write it.

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